The temptation to slide into a lazy routine of eating, sleep, watch movies and repeat is high. And yet, the last thing you might want to hear is how dangerous binge-watching can be to your health. Fortunately, not all screen time is bad for you. As it turns out, virtual games are great for you!
Sure, you might have spent a better part of your childhood being told to “stop wasting time playing video games” and to “Go outside!” Real scientific research, however, shows that playing video games can make you brainier by causing increases in the brain regions responsible for memory formation, spatial orientation, and strategic planning.
That’s all mighty good of the scientists to finally observe, you might be thinking, but what on earth has it got to do with me?
I’m glad you asked. It turns out that having a virtual game night with your family and friends might be just what you need to relieve anxiety, get a fix of that competitive adrenaline, and generate much-needed laughs.
Set a time and date, then send out a quick invite via text or email to your circle and give them a video call worth looking forward to. It’s time to school your fam on who’s boss.
Create your room or join a call on Gumzo and get to race your four tokens from start to finish in a mad dash around a virtual board. Nothing beats the joy of watching expressions turn sour on live video in this 2 to the 4-player game as you capture enemy tokens at the roll of the die and return them to their owner’s yard!
Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition
Want to have as many people participate in your game night as possible? Have the kids and adults who will be playing this new fill-in-the-blank comedy game print the downloadable PDF out, and schedule that video call to kick out the boredom pronto!
Race against the clock to guess a hidden word based on the clues your friends give. Though it’s limited to 8 friends, there is no limit to the fun you can have. You can download Houseparty for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome to access Heads Up and other games.
What could be more fun than finding ways to challenge the inner artist amongst your fam? Pair up team members, choose which team gets to play first, and appoint the drawer. If you’re using Gumzo, you can use the whiteboard feature to draw, and the chat option to text your teammates.
The Gambler that was Kenny Rogers might have folded, but you can still enjoy competitive family-friendly card games through the UNO! Android or iOS app. Pick and draw cards through the app, while connecting and chatting with your friends too.
Words with Friends 2
For those in love with word games like Scrabble, the virtual game night can be used to challenge friends and family and show off spelling skills. Words with Friends 2 is available on both Android and iOS.
You can create a room where you can invite friends to play board and card games on the Playing Cards website. And you are encouraged to use a website of your choice to chat with other players so, hello video!
Available on both Android and iOS, this app allows you to play online trivia against friends in real-time. Win bragging rights as you show off your knowledge on the app’s video chat. Oh, there are memes too!
Once you and your fam have joined the game remotely, choose from several categories and start making up fake answers. You score points for guessing the right answers and for tricking your peeps into choosing your fake ones. Fun! It is available on Android and iOS.
8 Ball Pool
Lastly, while going to actual bars might not be possible at the moment, the boys will be pleased to know a game of pool is still possible – albeit virtually. Get onto Google Play or the App Store and challenge them from the comfort of your couch!